Preserving the profession, status and knowhow of the perfumer-creator was the focus of the first global perfumer society meeting, which was held on June 10 during the World Perfumery Congress. Featuring representatives of the Société Française des Parfumeurs (SFP), Deutsche Gesellschaft der Parfümeure in der SEPAWA (DGP), British Society of Perfumers (BSP) and American Society of Perfumers (ASP), the event presented a historic opportunity for global cooperation among perfumers.
During the meeting, the participants discussed a global structure for cooperation, including standardized perfumer-creator qualification expectations and universal training and knowledge criteria, in addition to key services for these professionals in corporate, regulatory and legal settings. Standardization of perfumer competencies will guarantee quality, the groups say, but also sustain the image of perfumer-creators worldwide. The criteria and global structure have been drafted and are currently under consideration by the perfumery societies.
In recent years perfumer-creators have faced an environment in which many self-proclaimed perfumers are operating with no training or official status, diluting the name “perfumercreator.” Protecting the art and profession of perfumery is, thus, of paramount interest to perfumer societies around the world. A collective effort will allow the various groups to promote a unified philosophy and identity and, overall, raise perfumercreators’ profiles.